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Old 08-21-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Average miles per day

Generally, what do people average in miles traveled per day on a long trip. This will be our first long trip. I will be driving from Raleigh, NC to Spearfish, SD. I have been driving the TT to just local spots, and usually travel between 60 & 65 on the highway.

I was thinking we could do around 400 miles or more a day. Then check in to a CG for the night. Does this sound reasonable?
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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It depends how long you are comfortable driving. 400 miles a day is about 8 hours with stops.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #3
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I'm curious too. Planning a trip to Yellowstone next year. Some in our group think 500+ per day is fine. Others think 400 should be the max.

Those of you who have experience with long distance trips could really shine some light on this. Thanks.
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Going to San Antonio, from Loveland, Co., Have hard first day, about 550 miles. makes the second day alot easier. I think if your not in a hurry, 300-400 is plenty.
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For us 350 to 400 is all we can stand in a day.
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Again it's what you are comfortable doing. I do a lot of driving for work. I've done many 300-500+ mile days. I have also done 500+ mile days with the camper. When the weather is nice it's not too bad. When the weather isn't nice it is tiring.
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I tend to think of traveling in terms of time on the road rather than distance. I shoot for getting to the next campground around check-in time, usually about 2 PM, so I have time to set up, check out the campground, go gas up the truck, etc. Much more relaxing for me but, then again, I'm not on any kind of schedule. I usually average about 350 per day.
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Anywhere from 200 to 350 is enough for me. Once, when pressed we did almost 750, with DW doing 250, to get home ahead of a winter storm.

I like to stay off the interstates and take time to sightsee and explore. We seldom plan more than a day at a time. Old buildings, history, parks, the local people, garage sales... half the fun of traveling is enjoying the things along the way. We start talking about where we are going to stay around 2 or 3.
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We used to go to Colorado quite a bit, and would make the trip down non-stop, about 1300 miles. The main reason was we didn't have air-conditioning in the old days, and going across Nebraska in the cool of the night was actually pretty neat. No one on the roads but semis, and at night they seem a lot more polite!
But that was when we were young and full of piss and vinegar! Now, we limit it to 500 miles or less.
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We've done 550 miles a couple of different times headed out to Colorado but we were extremely tired at the end of those days. 500 miles is pretty doable for us but we don't stop much; and travel at about 60 mph. 500 miles is 9 to 10 hours for us.
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